Thursday, June 23, 2005

A.D. 62: Pompeii by Rebecca East

Miranda, a Harvard scholar volunteers for a time travel experiment back to the ancient days of Rome. Equipped with only a signal device implanted in her arm to return home and a wooden flute, Miranda is whisked back to Pompeii where she is given the opertunity to study ancient life as a slave in a wealthy household. Although promised that she'd be able to return home at any time, Miranda soon realizes that she is trapped in the ancient world. As she works her way from a laborer to a musician and storyteller of the household, Miranda falls deeply in love with her Master. Eventually her intelligence and spirit earn his adoration in return. Miranda learns to love her new life in Pompeii, earns the respect of her fellow Romans, and gets the biggest reward of all, a loving husband.

A.D.62:Pompeii was a magnificent book. It kept me reading until the very last page. I loved the heroine of the story, she was very likeable. The author painted a very good picture of ancient life in Pompeii, I felt like I learned a lot of history, but the history made it all the more real. The ending of the book was perfect, not your typical happily ever after, it was unexpected, but still cheerful. I think the author could have done more with the women's rights part of the story. The title and cover were very deceiving. It looked like an average history book, but it wasn't at all like that. Overall, I think that this was a great story. It is so unique, that is why I really loved it.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

Reviewed by a Flamingnet Student Reviewer